Croatia

Split in the Middle

Explore the culture and history of Croatia as we take you on an epic journey from Dubrovnik to Zagreb.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Dubrovnik

Our tour commences this evening in the medieval city of Dubrovnik. With its' cobblestone streets steeped in history it truly is the Pearl of the Adriatic. This evening we'll meet our companions and enjoy a welcome drink before dining at one of Dubrovnik's tastiest restaurants.

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Day 2: Dubrovnik

Make sure you have a good breakfast this morning as it is a full day of exploration in this picturesque city. This morning our guide will help us to uncover Dubrovnik's complex history, from Romans to Venetians, before delving into the modern conflict of the former Yugoslavia, the scars of which can still be seen across the city. We'll visit the Franciscan monastery with its beautiful cloister and old pharmacy, the first of its kind in Europe. A short stroll outside the city walls will lead us Lovrjenac Fort with its' stunning perch overlooking the Adriatic and after lunch we'll be ready for a leisurely walk around the city walls which have protected the city since the 13th century.

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Day 3: Dubrovnik - Miljet - Dubrovnik

Make sure you pack your sunscreen today as we head to one of Croatia’s best kept secrets, Miljet. Known for its clear crystal waters, sandy shorelines and Mediterranean vegetation this would arguably be one of our favourite spots. Legend has it that the Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. We’ll take a stroll to the salt water lakes and enjoy a boat ride to St Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a church dating back to the 12th Century.

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Day 4: Dubrovnik - Ston - Trogir

After breakfast we’ll say good-bye to Dubrovnik and head to Trogir but first a stop in the small medieval town of Ston. Ston, not only famous for having the second largest wall after the Great Wall of China but some of the best oysters you will ever taste. Why not wash them down with some of the finest wines from the region. After lunch we head to Trogir, nicknamed Little Venice because of its’ labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets.

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Day 5: Trogir - Split - Trogir

After a leisurely breakfast our guide will take us on a city tour of Trogir with its’ finely carved facades, elegant churches and medieval streets. After lunch we’ll make our way to Split and get lost in the maze of cobbled streets and alleyways of this old town or perhaps do what the locals do and enjoy a cool drink on the famed seafront promenade and watch the world go by. We’ll pick up our local guide for a visit to Diocletian’s Place and feel the pulse of this city when we visit Splits’ green market (Pazar) and the fish market (Peskarija).

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Day 6: Trogir - Vis

Today we head to arguably one of the most beautiful islands in the world - Vis. This island has it all - unspoilt nature, breathtaking beaches, an amazing underwater world, a rich history and a delicious local cuisine – paradise! After lunch we will explore with our local guide all that this amazing island has to offer including the delightful village of Komiza where fresh seafood graces every table along the promenade.

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Day 7: Vis

Today we’ll jump on our private boat and check out the spectacular Blue and Green Caves dropping anchor for a spot of lunch at one of the many secluded beaches along the way. A perfect day to relax and take in the beauty of this island.

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Day 8: Vis - Zadar

Today we say farewell to this paradise and head to Zadar, a region rich in history as it is in natural beauty. To celebrate Zadar’ s magnificent sunsets we’ll head to the Monument to the Sun located on the edge of Zadar’s waterfront and listen to the Sea Organ create musical notes from underwater pipes.

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Day 9: Zadar - Plitvice - Opatija

It’s an early start this morning as we make our way to the heart shaped, Italian flavoured peninsula of western Croatia – the Istrian Peninsula and coastal town of Opatija but first we’ll stop at one of the most extraordinarily beautiful natural sites in Europe, Plitvice Lakes National Park with its’ 16 turquoise lakes encircled by wooded hills and lush vegetation all connected by cascading waterfalls. After lunch we’ll continue to Opatija, dubbed Vienna of the Mediterranean, and watch the world go by at one of the many cafes along the 12 km seaside promenade.

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Day 10: Opatija - Buzet - Pula - Rovinj

Today we’ll head to Rovinj renowned for its’ beautiful Venetian architecture, smooth shiny marble cobblestone streets and pastel coloured houses but first we’ll head to the heartland of truffle hunting and do some truffle hunting ourselves. When finished we’ll try our own foraged truffles washed down with some very tasty wine. We’ll continue to Pula for lunch and check out the remains of Roman, early Christianity, Italian, Napoleon and Austrian monuments and the rich history of this town.

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Day 11: Rovinj - Porec - Motovun - Groznjan - Rovinj

Busy day today as we head to Porec for a walking tour and a visit to the ancient Euphrasian Basilica Complex famous for its’ gem-studded Byzantine mosaics from the 5th century. We’ll head to Groznjan with its beautiful old stone buildings and alleyways that will lead you from one pretty corner to another. Groznjan has become well known as an artist town with its streets lined with galleries. After lunch we’ll
head to one of the best preserved hilltop towns, Motovun, with its’ cobblestoned streets and medieval walls. Why not try some local truffles as we take in the panoramic views of this beautiful village!

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Day 12: Rovinj

Free day today to explore more of what this beautiful town has to offer.

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Day 13: Rovinj - Zagreb

This morning you’ll say good-bye to perhaps your favourite city on the Istrian Peninsula as we head towards Croatia’s capital Zagreb starting with a guided tour taking in the upper town. The thousand-year old Gornji grad (upper town) contains the Presidential Palace, the iconic St Mark's Church and the Croatian parliament. While the 19th century Donji grad (lower town) with its' shops, restaurants, cafes, parks and museums is a great place to spend the afternoon. This evening we will enjoy a delicious feast at one of Zagreb's best restaurants for our final dinner together.

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Day 14: Departure

Say farewell to new friends as our tour finishes after breakfast.

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